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Good morning. If she poses any threat to the safety of you or the other occupants or to the property, you can get a restraining order against her to force her out while the eviction process runs its course.
But, unfortunately, you do need to go through the formal process. Even though without a lease and
if a person is intended to be just a guest, after that person has been in
occupancy for more than a couple of weeks, that person becomes an "at
will" tenant even though paying nothing.
Such a tenant is deemed to be a month to month tenant. As such, the
owner can terminate the tenancy by giving written notice of at least 30 days.
If the tenant does not leave voluntarily, under Texas law, the owner will then
need to give a 3-Day Notice to Quit...meaning the tenant must vacate the
premises within that period or face formal eviction. Then, if the tenant still
has not left, the owner must file a petition for an eviction order. Once that
is granted...the owner can have the sheriff evict. Unfortunately, what the
owner cannot legally do is move the tenant's stuff out, change the locks, or
take any other means of "self-help" eviction prior to obtaining the
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